Conservation Officer

CO Greg Verkuilen (Garrison) monitored angler and boating activity as the fall bite appeared to be picking up and boats are being removed for the season. He also assisted with the interview process for the new CO Academy.

CO Ashley Whiteoak (Malmo) spent time patrolling for big-game and small-game enforcement. She followed up on a complaint of a moose near a highway and a nuisance-bear complaint. Many sightings of moose in the area have been reported. Whiteoak followed up on a trespassing complaint of neighboring landowners mowing and placing a deer decoy on the neighboring property. She also spent time at Camp Ripley for training and assisting in testing applicants.

CO Bret Grundmeier (Hinckley) checked duck hunters on area river backwaters and small ponds. Water levels were extremely high for the second waterfowl season opening in the central zone and hunters dealt with heavy rains during the first day of hunting. Those who geared up and fought through the driving rains found that ducks were much more cooperative and abundant than on the first opening day. Despite being soaked to the bone, most hunters had success and found decent numbers of teal and mallards.

CO Bob Mlynar (Aitkin) worked fall hunting activity. Time was spent covering outdoor topics on the local radio station and issuing road-kill permits. Mlynar gave a sickly immature eagle a free ride to the Garrison Animal Hospital.

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